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the name of Shields & Cates and so continued until the former's death.
During the illness of Judge McAllister in the year 1899, Mr. Shields filled his place upon the Supreme Bench as Special Judge by appointment of Governor McMillan. Prior to that time he had been Judge Advocate General on the staff of Governor Taylor. These were the only offices, if such they can be called, ever filled by him, as he never sought nor would he hold official positions. His health became impaired and several years ago he made a trip to Europe in order to take the baths at Bad Nauhaim. He remained away several months and was improved by the treatment, but he was never entirely himself again, although he kept at work up to the last.
Mr. Shields was twice married. His first wife, who was Miss Fannie Brown of Greeneville, died soon after their marriage in 1886. In 1902 he married Miss Pauline Woodruff, daughter of Capt. W. W. Woodruff of Knoxville, Tennessee, who was with him in Washington when he died. He is survived by her and by three brothers, Senator John K. Shields of Clinchdale; Wm. S. Shields, of Knoxville, and Joseph S. Shields of New York.
Throughout his whole career he was content to be simply a lawyer and like most men who seek one thing in life, and one thing alone, he made good. From the beginning as a young practitioner in Greeneville to the end in Washington City, whither he went on legal business, his career was marked with an unusual degrees of success. He confined himself entirely to the civil practice of which he had his full share and in which he attained large financial and professional rewards. In the trial of suits he was alert, vigorous and aggressive and made his clients' cause his own. He was an indefatigable worker and so loyal in his sympathies and so intense in his ardor that he threw his whole being, physical and mental, into his law suits and to such an extent that it doubtless affected his health and finally hastened his end.
To a man of his temperament there was no middle ground and he was always positive in his opinions, pronounced in his convictions and strong in his likes and dislikes. The poor were often the beneficiaries of his charity and he was never known to turn aside a beggar, however undeserving, empty handed.
We deplore his death and in token of our esteem for him as a man and a lawyer;
BE IT RESOLVED, That these resolutions be printed in the daily papers of Knoxville, that a copy thereof be presented to the local courts and to the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and to the State Bar Association, with the request that they be entered upon their Minutes, and that a suitably engrossed copy be sent by the Secretary to the family.
Motion was made and seconded that the report of the committee on Obituaries and Memorials be adopted, and upon vote was carried.
The President: The Chairman of the Committee on Grievances has wired me that it would be impossible for him to attend, and I have been informed that he has requested Judge Allison to file his report.
Judge Allison: Mr. President, I had a wire from the chairman of the committee which simply says: "Regret unable to attend bar meeting. Please make report for grievance committee." The only report that I can make, for the reason that the only matter that has come to my attention is, a charge preferred against a member of the Chattanooga Bar, and of this Bar Association. Only in recent years, as you all know, have ladies 'been admitted to the bar, and I regret to say that we have to report charges against 33 1-3 per cent of the lady members of the bar of East Tennessee. I want to say in that connection, however, that we only have three members. So, the only thing that has come to the attention of the grievance committee is a charge against one member, and she is from East Tennessee. I refer to Miss Coonrod, of Chattanooga. The specific charges that have been preferred against her is that she was sent certain claims, I believe by the Secretary of this Bar Association, for collection, and that a part of those claims were collected and no remittance was made. I want to say in this connection that I have endeavored to see Miss Coonrod and to hear what she has to say about these charges in order that I might make a report to this bar association, but I have been unable to find her. She lives with some relatives in Chattanooga, I understand, and I secured the telephone address of her relatives, who reported that
she was out in the country somewhere, but would probably be in before the meeting of the bar association. I left word that she come to my office on yesterday, that I might hear from her in regard to it. The facts, as I understand from Mr. Smith, are that he sent certain claims for unpaid dues against members of this Association to McClure & McClure, who in turn, turned these claims over to Miss Coonrod for collection. I understand from Mr. Smith that she has collected some of these claims but will not make remittance, something over $40.00, and has not up to the present time remitted to cover the collections she has made. I don't know what recommendations to make in reference to this, and for that reason I do not believe I will make any. I have simply stated the facts. Miss Coonrod is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and it is up to you to take such action as you may see fit.
Mr. Burrows: Has any charge been preferred against her in any way?
Judge Allison: No formal charge so far as I know. My attention was called to it by the chairman of the Grievance Committee with a request that I investigate the matter so as to report the facts to this meeting. The only investigation I could make is what I have detailed. I have been unable to see her and get a statement from her. I have the facts from the Secretary of this association.
Judge Davis: How long since you left word with her relatives to call and see you?
Judge Allison: I would say three weeks ago.
Mr. Maddin: I think we should deal very leniently with a case of this kind. I therefore move that this question be referred back to the committee to make further investigations and make another report.
The President: I will make this suggestion, following a suggestion that was made last year, that the matter should be taken up and handled by the grievance committee of the Chattanooga Bar, and if that committee does not handle the matter, then, of course, our grievance committee should. I believe in being lenient, but at the same time we should maintain our high standing, even though she be a woman.
The Secretary: I take it that the members of the Bar Asso
ciation of Tennessee would not have heard of this matter had I not called it to the attention of the grievance committee. These claims amounted to $3.00 each and were sent to McClure & McClure in 1912 for collection from the Chattanooga Bar, members of this association, under contract to charge the usual 10%. Miss Coonrod collected, according to a letter she wrote me, between $40.00 and $50.00. I think she got about $125.00 from the statements lawyers have made to me every time I have sent out statements. I have previously tried to get the Chattanooga Bar's grievance committee to take up the matter, at least, have tried to get the officials of that organization to do so on more than one occasion, to take up the matter and investigate it, and I notified Miss Coonrod when we met in Memphis, that unless she made a settlement I would report it. She wrote me she would send a check there. I have written her time after time, but still she has not accounted for these funds, and I do not think it is right for this association to carry a member on its rolls who is guilty of such conduct, and I hope the association will take some action.
The President: Has she paid her dues?
The Secretary: No, sir.
The President: What will you do with Mr. Maddin's motion?
Motion was seconded and carried.
The President: The next order of business is miscellaneous business. Under that head I understand Judge St. John has a resolution.
"Whereas, the American Bar Association is making an earnest and organized effort to modernize and make uniform the procedure of the Courts; and
"Whereas, there is pending in the 63rd Congress a bill known as H. R. 133, intended to vest in the Supreme Court of the United States the power to formulate and put into effect a complete system of rules for the detail regulation of the Federal District Courts; and
"Whereas, the Bar Association of the State of Tennessee is in entire sympathy with the American Bar Association's program, and it is desired to give expression to the same.
"Be it Resolved, That the Bar Association of the State of Tennessee formally gives expression to its entire sympathy with and approval of the American Bar Association's program, and does respectfully and earnestly request Congress to enact into law House Bill 133 at the earliest possible moment; and
"Be it Resolved, That a special committee, to be composed of one member from each Congressional District of this State, to be named by the President, is hereby created for the purpose of presenting these resolutions to the Congressmen and Senators of this State and to the President of the United States, and otherwise to co-operate with the American Bar Association's Committee on Uniform Judicial Procedure in its campaign."
Upon motion and second the resolution was adopted.
The President: I will leave the duty of appointing that committee to my successor.
(For names of members of this committee appointed by President C. N. Burch, see Special Committee to urge passage of House Bill 133 of 63rd Congress on page 12).
Mr. Maddin: I would like to say a few words in behalf of the American Bar Association at this meeting.
Mr. Maddin makes talk urging membership in the American Bar Association, etc.
Mr. Smith: I desire to offer a resolution amending Article VII of the Constitution and adding Article XVII to the Constitution, and move that it be laid over until the next meeting of the association.
There shall be elected at each annual session of the association from the membership a Secretary, who shall devote his whole time to the duties of his office, which shall be prescribed in the By-Laws, and who shall receive a salary of $2,500 per annum.
That Article VII be amended so as to change the word three, the fifth word in said article, to the word six.
The President: Do you move that the resolution be laid on the table until the next meeting?